Year 1 Blog
Welcome to the blog for our Year 1 classes. The year group blogs are a great communication tool. Teachers will be posting news, photographs, details of homework, examples of work, and anything they wish to share with their pupils and parents. Please speak to your class teacher if you have any question, feedback or concerns.
Green Class Teacher
Mrs De Vynck
Purple Class Teacher
Spring Concert on Wednesday 30th March at 2.15 pm. This will be an opportunity for the children to showcase the songs they have been learning this term. We will also have a performance from the current Ukulele Group and from the current Recorder group. If you would like to attend the concert please let the School Office know.
Reception would be very grateful for any unwanted un-used envelopes, such as the junk mail ones.
We would like them in our writing areas to encourage more writing, but the children get through them very quickly!
Any donations would be greatly appreciated.
There have been lots of special activities recently, which make for an interesting time at school. On Monday the children did different activities, based on a Space theme. They experienced the difficulties astronauts have using gloves to do everything; thought about which balloons make the best rockets and looked at parts of the earth from above, as seen from space. In green class we started off by thinking about how things which can ‘t move themselves are moved and used air to push balloons and little rockets through the air. The children then watched “film canister rockets” fly through the air, propelled by the gas made by the solid and liquid in the canister, which gave it a massive push upwards. When warm water was used in the canister, it went much further much more quickly.
In Maths we have continued to practise using number addition facts to 10 to work out answers to addition using one-digit and a teens number.We have also been using measuring words to talk about length. How can a line be long and short? The children got better and better at explaining how they knew something was longer or shorter – we talked about measuring being to do with “how much ..? .” or “how many…?” In RE the children have been considering what the characters in the Easter story felt. Miss Dedross has made a Easter garden with the children which has pride of place in the class’s lovely Easter display.
The felt tiles from the felt day are also on our wall now. Clare Beaton (http://www.clarebeaton.com/) told me she plans to exhibit photos of some of the children’s tiles on her website (though the site is being improved just now). And we have a spring table. If your child would like to bring anything to add to the table and write a label for it, then please do so. We have been learning about the features of spring – what makes it different from winter, the similarities and differences between summer.
So many fantastic things have been happening in Purple Class over the last few days! On Friday the famous illustrator and craft maker Clare Beaton came in to lead an incredible felt workshop over all year groups. Purple Class stuck to the Traditional Tale theme and we made a felt gingerbread house and decorated it with felt sweets and flowers. A range of superb colours were used-turquoise, scarlet, fuscia pink, emerald green, sky blue and bright yellow. Leading on from this, the children wrote a great description with adjectives to describe what they did and how they did it. It was a wonderful day and all the children in Purple Class made fantastic houses and understood the process. In English we also wrote a Spring poem and I was impressed by the children’s use of repetition and adjectives-we brought Spring objects into class for this lesson and the children used their senses to examine them!
On Monday, Science Day was upon us! The whole school enjoyed a variety of Science Investigations and the children learnt about pushing and pulling, examining phoos from Space, investigating forces and fuel amongst others. My highlight was Mrs Gibbon’s alka seltzer exploding camera film cases-they rocketed into the sky! The children were at a very safe distance and thoroughly enjoyed the whole process. It has been an excellent start to the week and the children learnt a lot about Science.
In Maths we have been looking for patterns when we add and take away numbers-the children have used numicon, dienes and cubes to do this. We have also been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s up and down from 100. Well done Purple Class on some great work last week!
Maths this week has involved looking at adding, but looking for patterns, which is proving an interesting puzzle for the children as it involves calculating numbers and looking for what they know already, instead of simply counting on. A great thought-provoking question in Maths is, “If I know this, what else do I know?” So, for example, if I know that double 3 is 6, then I know that 3 and 4 is 7 (4 is 1 more than 3 and 7 is 1 more than 6). And that 2 and 3 is 5. And another good question is, “How can you be sure that you have added accurately?”. One answer might be if you add an odd and an even number together, the answer must be odd. Today we were looking at adding a one-digit number and a two-digit number together using what we know already. For example, 13 + 2 is 15 because 3 + 2 is 5 and because we have added a 10 onto one part of the sum (or equation), we need to add 10 onto the total, to make sure the sum balances, or is the same on both sides.
The class is continuing to practise the mini-play of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”. Every child is either saying lines, or playing an instrument, and everyone is singing. Everyone is getting better at remembering when to make their contributions; and lines have been sent home for practising, please. Thank you.
The class did very well in large apparatus this week. The children are fantastic at climbing on and jumping off the equipment sensibly and independently, travelling round the room. This week they were experimenting with balances: they made some creative balances and were inventive in balancing on different parts of different pieces of equipment.
Today was very enjoyable and exciting as every child was an illustrator, with Clare Beaton of Barefoot Books showing the children how to use different materials to create their own gingerbread houses on felt tiles. Each one is unique and looks wonderful. We will make a display of them, hopefully next week; and please feel free come in to see them. In the afternoon the children wrote a description of their felt tile, when they shared their ideas of which buttons, etc they chose to represent different sweets on the house.
I have posted a collection of dice games on the school website, for you to play and use to practise numerical fluency whenever it suits you at home. Any feedback as to how useful or enjoyable they are would be welcomed.
Sport Relief – 18th March 2016 – The children will be taking part in a range of activities in aid of Sports Relief. These activities will take place during the School day – hopefully outside if the sunshine remains.
We would like the children to come to school dressed in their favourite sports kit. Please make sure they are wearing trainers as they will be taking part in sports.
Please send in a small donation, for example £1, which will be donated to Sports Relief charity.
Felt Day on 11th March 2016 – Clare Beaton, a children’s illustrator is able to visit us again. She last came a few years ago and will create collages from felt, fabric, buttons and braids. She will lead workshops for each year-group, with every child creating his or her own felt square collage, based on current topics.
We are asking for a contribution of £2 per child to support with paying for the consumable resources the children will be using.
This blog starts in February, but ends in March. On March 1st, one girl asked me, “Is it spring now?” That was a good question to ask; and I replied by asking, “Is it the date which makes the seasons ? Or something else? Does it feel like spring – does it look like spring?” These are questions we’ll be asking and answering in our Science and Geography topic work about the seasons and weather.
We have continued our learning about traditional tales this week and today the children wrote their ow versions of “Little Red Riding Hood”. There were lots of interesting details from different versions remembered, which means each version is original. The children get very engrossed in writing at school and they deserve to feel proud of their hard work and achievements. Please feel free to come into class after school any day to share your child’s books. We were lucky enough to have the help of Sarah, a visiting German teenager on work experience here. She read to them “Little Red Riding Hood” in German, which the children listened to avidly. I hope you enjoy the little book of fairy tales she gave each child. She made them at home with her Mum and included stories which were German in origin. The children heard the same story in Turkish, which Mrs Saglam read to them on Thursday.
It was lovely to see so many parents in school on World Book Day: thank you for making the day special by sharing the children’s special books. It was also great to see so many children in traditional characters. In Green Class we had the entire cast (apart from the bit part of Red Riding Hood’s mother!) in that day – Red Riding Hood, the big bad wolf and grandmother!
In Maths the children have been extending their understanding of place value by practising partitioning. We partitioned teens and larger numbers into tens and ones. For example, the children chose 4 digits randomly and used two digits to make the largest number possible and then the other two to make the lowest 2-digit number possible. Key to this was showing the numbers with Dienes and writing how many tens and ones there were in each number.
We also played another dice game on Tuesday, which you may want to practise at home. It’s another “intelligent rehearsal” activity, which means practising number facts lots, and for a purpose, without doing repetitive, procedural sums or learning by rote. These games benefit from being repeated, with the players’ understanding of the features and patterns of numbers deepening, through concrete experience and conversation.
Two players choose a target and take turns to roll a dice, to make a running total. The winner is the first person to hit the target exactly. But you don’t add the value on the dice. Instead, you have to double the number, or use half of the number (or, if that’s a bit too tricky just now, add the value on the dice). There are lots of things to discuss and consider – what makes a good target – why? What’s a good number to roll? Why? Is it better to double or halve – why? And at the same time the players are practising number facts.
In Music the children are practising for the concert on 13st March, when we hope to see lots of parents. In Art, Mrs Reed is continuing to show the children the different patterns which can be made with various
We elected the new School Councillors yesterday. 4 boys and 3 girls were brave enough to share their ideas with the class. All the children who stood for election should be very proud of their contribution to democracy in action. The school encourages as many children as possible to stand. Although it’s not necessarily easy for those who don’t get elected, putting yourself forward and speaking in front of the class builds resilience and respect from everyone at school.
If your child is Star of the Week, could they please wear their badge every day. On Friday, there is a special meeting (Assembly) where the child hands the badge to the next person. It’s very disappointing for the new Star of the Week not to receive the badge.
World Book Day
- Dress up as a book character for the day.
- Parents are invited from 2.30pm onwards to spend time with your child sharing favourite books. If you or your child has a favourite book at home we would be happy for you to bring that with you.